Anita Long cut the ribbon Saturday 30th March to open the exhibition in Bridge Cottage, Uckfield, to show its use as a home since 1436.
Originally owned by a prosperous local farmer, Bridge Cottage has been lived in by Tudor, Stuart, Hanovarian and Victorian families, up to modern times. The last residents left some 50 years ago. This exhibition showed the development of the building as a home, as well as something of those who lived there.
Anita was for many years the Secretary of Uckfield & District Preservation Society and a key fundraiser for Bridge Cottage. She was a prominent figure in keeping Bridge Cottage for the town; the building was in a bad state of repair until Uckfield Town Council and the Preservation Society worked together to ensure it would be protected from further decay. Without that effort, the building would not be the in its current state, so who better to cut the ribbon.
The building was saved from demolition by a partnership between Uckfield Town Council and Uckfield & District Preservation Society in 1983, and the National Lottery funded a full restoration in 2016.
The exhibition is open 10-00 am to 4-00 pm daily (closed on Sunday), admission is free, and a detailed guide book is on sale.
Jeff Holman from Bridge Cottage spoke to Uckfield FM:
ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)